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ROUNDABOUT THEATRE COMPANY ANNOUNCES PAL JOEY

ROUNDABOUT THEATRE COMPANY
in association with
Marc Platt

announces
a new Broadway production of
PAL JOEY

Music by RICHARD RODGERS Lyrics by LORENZ HART
New Book by RICHARD GREENBERG
Based on the original book by JOHN O’HARA

Music Direction by PAUL GEMIGNANI
Choreography by GRACIELA DANIELE
Directed by JOE MANTELLO

Previews begin Friday, November 21st, 2008
Official Opening Thursday, December 11th, 2008
on Broadway at Studio 54

Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director), in association with Marc Platt, is proud to present a new Broadway production of PAL JOEY, with music by Richard Rodgers and lyrics by Lorenz Hart.

PAL JOEY will feature a new book by Tony® Award winner Richard Greenberg , based on the original book by John O’Hara, with music direction by Tony® Award winner Paul Gemignani, choreography by Graciela Daniele and directed by two-time Tony® Award winner Joe Mantello at Studio 54 on Broadway.

PAL JOEY will begin previews on Friday, November 21st, 2008 and open officially Thursday, December 11th, 2008 at Studio 54 on Broadway (254 West 54th Street). This will be a limited engagement.

The cast will be announced shortly.

The design team will includes two-time Tony® Award winner Scott Pask (Sets), five-time Tony® Award winner William Ivey Long (Costumes), two-time Tony® Award winner Peggy Eisenhauer and eight-time Tony® Award winner Jules Fisher (Lights), Tony Meola (Sound) and Don Sebesky (Orchestrator).

The production is the first Broadway revival of PAL JOEY in over 30 years.

Set in Chicago in the late 1930s, PAL JOEY is the story of Joey Evans, a brash, scheming song and dance man with dreams of owning his own nightclub. Joey abandons his wholesome girlfriend Linda English, to charm a rich, married older woman, Vera Simpson, in the hope that she’ll set him up in business.

In 1939, author John O’Hara approached Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart to collaborate on a musical adaptation of his popular “Pal Joey” stories that had originally run in The New Yorker. The musical premiered on Broadway on December 25, 1940, in a production directed and produced by George Abbott, and starring Gene Kelly and Vivienne Segal. While considered a success in 1940, a smash hit 1952 Broadway revival revealed the show as a true landmark Broadway musical, breaking new ground in subject matter, and featuring a score by Rodgers & Hart in their penultimate collaboration. The 1952 production of PAL JOEY won 3 Tony Awards including Best Choreography and the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Musical. A film of the musical was made in 1957, starring Frank Sinatra, Rita Hayworth, and Kim Novak. Bob Fosse received a Tony Award nomination for Best Actor in the 1963 production and the 1976 production at Circle in the Square starred Dixie Carter. The most recent production of PAL JOEY was featured in the second season of Encores! at New York City Center in a 1995 concert version starring Patti LuPone and Peter Gallagher.

The Rodgers & Hart score for PAL JOEY includes such classic songs as “Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered,” “I Could Write a Book,” “You Mustn’t Kick It Around,” and “Zip,” among others. The new production of PAL JOEY will also feature “I’m Talking to My Pal,” a song that had been dropped from the score during its out-of-town tryout, and will be heard on Broadway for the first time.

TICKET INFORMATION:
Tickets will be available in the Fall of 2008, by phone at (212) 719-1300, online at www.roundabouttheatre.org or at the Studio 54 Box Office (254 West 54th Street).

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE:
Pal Joey will play Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 8:00PM with a Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday matinee at 2:00PM.

Biographies:
RICHARD RODGERS (Music; 1902-1979) and LORENZ HART (Lyrics; 1895-1943) wrote their first shows together when both were still students attending Columbia University. Their breakthrough came with the score for a 1925 charity show, The Garrick Gaities, which introduced the classic valentine to their hometown, “Manhattan.” Over the next five years they wrote fifteen musical comedies for Broadway and London’s West End before relocating to Hollywood in 1930, where they contributed songs and wrote the scores for several movie musicals, most notably Love Me Tonight starring Maurice Chevalier. In 1935 they returned to New York to write the score for Billy Rose’s circus musical Jumbo, launching a golden era that included On Your Toes, Babes In Arms, I’d Rather Be Right, I Married An Angel, The Boys From Syracuse, Too Many Girls, Higher And Higher, Pal Joey and By Jupiter, which collectively offered such classic songs as “There’s a Small Hotel,” “I Wish I Were In Love Again,” “My Funny Valentine,” “Where Or When,” “The Lady is a Tramp,” “Spring Is Here,” “Falling In Love With Love,” “Sing For Your Supper,” “This Can’t Be Love,” “I Didn’t Know What Time It Was,” “It Never Entered My Mind,” “Bewitched,” “I Could Write a Book,” “Nobody’s Heart,” and “Wait Till You See Her.” In 1943 the partnership disbanded temporarily when Rodgers collaborated with Oscar Hammerstein II on Oklahoma!, but it resumed with a revision of the 1927 Rodgers & Hart hit A Connecticut Yankee, which opened less than a week before Lorenz Hart’s death. For the next two decades, Richard Rodgers collaborated exclusively with Oscar Hammerstein II on such musicals as Carousel, South Pacific, The King And I, and The Sound Of Music, winning Tonys, Oscars, Grammys, Emmys and Pulitzer Prizes. After Hammerstein’s death in 1960, Rodgers continued to write for the musical stage; his fortieth, and final, Broadway musical opened less than eight months before his death in 1979.

RICHARD GREENBERG (New Book) is the author of Take Me Out (Drama Desk Award; NY Drama Critics Circle Award; Outer Critics Circle Award; Lucille Lortel Award; Tony Award for Best Play), which received an acclaimed production on Broadway after successful runs at The Donmar on London’s West End and The Public Theater in New York City. Other works include A Naked Girl on the Appian Way at Roundabout, The Violet Hour,The Dazzle at Roundabout (Outer Critics Circle Award: John Gassner, Lucille Lortel nominations), Everett Beekin, Three Days of Rain (L.A. Drama Critics Award; Pulitzer finalist; Olivier, Drama Desk, Hull-Warriner nominations), Hurrah At Last, Night and Her Stars, The American Plan, Life Under Water, and The Author’s Voice, among many other plays. His adaptation of Strindberg’s Dance of Death was seen on Broadway starring Ian McKellen, Helen Mirren, and David Straithairn. Mr.Greenberg received the Oppenheimer Award for a new playwright as well as the first PEN/Laura Pels Award for a playwright in mid-career. He is an associate artist at South Coast Repertory and a member of Ensemble Studio Theater.

JOHN O’HARA (Original Book), American novelist and short story writer (1905-1970), was born into an Irish Catholic family in Pottsville, Pennsylvania. He began to write fiction in 1927; his first novel, Appointment in Samarra (1934), won popular acclaim and established O’Hara as a craftsman of prose. Over the following years, O’Hara explored his interest in the effects of money, class and social mores on individual freedom in many widely praised works, including Butterfield 8 (1935; film version, 1960) and From the Terrace (1958; film version, 1960). In 1956 he received the National Book Award for Ten North Frederick (1955; film version, 1958). O’Hara’s works also include many short stories, most published by The New Yorker and the late novels Ourselves to Know (1960) and The Lockwood Concern (1965). He collaborated with the team of Rodgers & Hart, writing the book for the musical Pal Joey based on his short stories.

JOE MANTELLO (Director). Directing credits include November, The Receptionist, The Ritz (Roundabout), Three Days of Rain, The Odd Couple, Glengarry Glen Ross (Tony nomination), Laugh Whore, Assassins (Roundabout; Tony Award), Wicked, Take Me Out (Tony Award), Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, A Man of No Importance, Design for Living (Roundabout), Terrence McNally and Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking for the San Francisco Opera, The Vagina Monologues, bash, Another American: Asking and Telling, Love! Valour! Compassion! (Tony nomination), Proposals, The Mineola Twins, Corpus Christi, Mizlansky/Zilinsky or Schmucks, Blue Window, God’s Heart, The Santaland Diaries, Snakebit, Three Hotels and Imagining Brad. Mr. Mantello also directed the film Love! Valour! Compassion! As an actor he appeared in Angels in America (Tony nomination) and The Baltimore Waltz. Mr. Mantello is the recipient of Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk, Lucille Lortel, Helen Hayes, Clarence Derwent, Obie and Joe A. Callaway awards. He is a member of Naked Angels and an associate artist at the Roundabout.

GRACIELA DANIELE (Choreography). Broadway (Director/Choreographer): Chita Rivera: The Dancer’s Life, Annie Get Your Gun, Marie Christine, Once on This Island, Chronicle of a Death Foretold and Dangerous Game. Musical Staging/Choreography includes: Ragtime (Astaire, Ovation, NAACP, and Callaway Awards), The Goodbye Girl, Zorba with Anthony Quinn, The Rink starring Liza Minnelli and Chita Rivera, The Mystery of Edwin Drood and The Pirate Queen. Choreography: The Pirates of Penzance (NYSF) on Broadway, Los Angeles, and London. Film: Pirates, and Woody Allen’s Mighty Aphrodite (1996 Fosse Award) and Everyone Say I Love You (1997 Fosse Award). Lincoln Center Theater (Resident Director): Directed and Choreographed William Finn’s A New Brain and Elegies, Michael John LaChiusa’s Hello Again and Bernarda Alba, and Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty’s Dessa Rose and The Glorious Ones. Mr. Abbot Award (1998) for Outstanding Achievement by a Director/Choreographer, ten Tony nominations, six Drama Desk nominations and inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame.

PAUL GEMIGNANI (Music Director). Musical Director for more than 38 Broadway shows, including: 110 in the Shade, Follies, Pacific Overtures, Candide, A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd, Evita, Dreamgirls, Merrily We Roll Along, Into the Woods, On the Twentieth Century, Sunday…George, High Society, Kiss Me Kate, Assassins, Frogs. Conducted: Follies (Philharmonic), A Little Night Music (PBS), A Celebration of the American Musical (Great Performances). Showtime: Into the Woods, Sunday in the Park with George and Passion. Films include: Kramer vs. Kramer, Reds, Eyewitness, and Sweeney Todd. Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement, Special Drama Desk and Los Angeles Drama Critics Awards for Outstanding Musical Direction and Commitment to the Theatre, Emmy for “South Pacific at Carnegie Hall”, and an honorary Doctor of Musical Arts from the Manhattan School of Music. Grammy nominations for Passion, Crazy for You and Kiss Me Kate.

MARC PLATT (Producer). Theatre: Wicked (Broadway, Chicago, North American tour, London, Los Angeles, Melbourne); Three Days of Rain (Broadway); and Matthew Bourne’s ballet Edward Scissorhands. Films: Wanted starring Angelina Jolie, James McAvoy, and Morgan Freeman; Legally Blonde; Legally Blonde 2; Honey; Josie and the Pussycats; The Perfect Man; The Seeker. Upcoming Projects: Dancing With Shiva, which reunites Mr. Platt with Oscar-winning director Jonathan Demme on a film starring Anne Hathaway and Debra Winger; and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World being directed by Edgar Wright, starring Michael Cera. He is currently in pre-production on the film Nine with Rob Marshall directing. Television: HBO’s Empire Falls (Golden Globe Award); Once Upon A Mattress (ABC); The Path To 9/11 (ABC). Mr. Platt has served as president for three movie studios (Orion, TriStar and Universal) where he developed and guided the production of such films as Silence of the Lambs; Sleepless In Seattle; Philadelphia; As Good As It Gets; My Best Friend’s Wedding and Jerry Maguire.

ROUNDABOUT THEATRE COMPANY is one of the country’s leading not-for-profit theatres. The company contributes invaluably to New York’s cultural life by staging the highest quality revivals of classic plays and musicals as well as new plays by established writers. Roundabout consistently partners great artists with great works to bring a fresh and exciting interpretation that makes each production relevant and important to today’s audiences.

Roundabout Theatre Company current produces at three permanent theatres each of which is designed specifically to enhance the needs of the Roundabout’s mission. The off Broadway home, the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre’s Laura Pels Theatre with its simple sophisticated design is perfectly suited to showcasing new plays while the grandeur of its Broadway home, American Airlines Theatre, sets the ideal stage for the classics. Roundabout’s Studio 54 provides an exciting and intimate Broadway venue for its musical and special event productions. Together these three distinctive venues serve to enhance the work on each of its stages.

Roundabout Theatre Company productions are made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation; New York State Council on the Arts; National Endowment for the Arts; and New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. American Airlines is the official airline of Roundabout Theatre Company. The Westin Hotel is the official hotel of the Roundabout Theatre Company.

Roundabout Theatre Company’s 2007-2008 season includes Alfred Hitchcock’s Olivier Award winning comedy The 39 Steps, directed by Maria Aitken; Beth Henley’s Crimes of the Heart, directed by Kathleen Turner; Stephen Sondheim & James Lapine’s Sunday in the Park with George starring Daniel Evans & Jenna Russell, directed by Sam Buntrock ; Christopher Durang’s The Marriage of Bette and Boo, directed by Walter Bobbie and Christopher Hampton’s Les Liaisons Dangereuses starring Laura Linney & Ben Daniels, directed by Rufus Norris.

Roundabout Theatre Company’s critically acclaimed Broadway production of Reginald Rose’s Twelve Angry Men has extended its multi-award winning touring production for a second year. Directed by Tony-nominated director Scott Ellis (Curtains) and starring Richard Thomas as “Juror #8,” the play will appear in numerous cities in the 2007-2008 season including Portland, Hartford, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Fort Lauderdale and Charlotte.

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